Aromatherapy & Ayurveda (AY1)
Charaka, a classical Ayurvedic writer, defines disease and health thus, "A disharmony among the constituents which support the body is known as disease; their harmony is called health, the state of normality. A sense of well-being is characteristic of the absence of disease, for disease is always associated with discomfort".
Ayurvedic practitioners believe that man does not need medicine - if the diet is right - and it is not medicine that is needed if the diet is wrong! They use, among other remedies, herbs, essential oils and massage in treating their patients.
For Bodywork Therapists, Massage Therapists and Aromatherapists.
Please note that we do take those with no prior therapy experience who want to learn about this fascinating topic to use on family and friends and we adjust the level of knowledge depending upon the experience of the participants.
We strongly advise that only Aromatherapists use essential oils on members of the public.
This Course is only available as distance-learning.
Studies commence at 9.30 a.m. and finish at 5.30 p.m.
Topics addressed during the course include:
- Ayurvedic Theory of Creation and the Theory of Balance: The fundamental theory of Ayurvedic treatment is based on the theory of balance among the major bodily systems which are called the Three Systems or in Sanskrit the Tri Doshas. Each person's constitution is controlled by one or two of the three doshas. Doshas are not only the determinants of our constitutions but also of the type of disease to which we will succumb and they also determine the features that make us unique. The co-ordinated balance of these three systems is essential for health.
- The Healer Within & The Restoration of Harmony: Neither Ayurvedic Medicine nor Aromatherapy consider the primary cause of disease to result from an onslaught of germs that invade the body. Both disciplines advocate and prefer to create an environment where the 'germs' cannot happily habituate.
- The Power of the Wind, Fire & Cohesion: Classical Ayurvedic texts describe man as standing on the earth and being subjected to the wind, sun and the moon.
- Five Basic 'Building Blocks: Earth, Water, Fire, Air & Ether: Ayurveda believes that everything in the Universe is made of 5 elements or building blocks. Their properties are important in understanding balance and imbalance in the human body.
- Body-analysis using Ayurvedic Principles of Prakriti & Vikruti
- Recognising & finding 'Body-Types': 'Vata', 'Pitta', 'Kapha': Each individual is born with a pre-determined basic pattern and the Tridoshas and character-type are part of this pattern. The balance is finely tuned and the equilibrium is easily disturbed. The imbalanced or overbalanced condition of these systems, in any part of the body, causes ill-health which manifests as the symptoms of disease.
- Introduction to Pulse-Reading to determine health: The Ayurvedic Practitioners of India do not diagnose disease or imbalance 'from a void'. They are fully aware of the inter-cellular level of communications within the body. At the tissue-level, inter-cellular messages are communicated to the heart, via the blood-stream, in a comprehensive and precise, bio-chemical language.
- Aromatherapy, & Ayurveda Compatibilities: Dr Badmajieff, the last of a line of Doctors who were both Lamas and Occidental Practitioners and lived strictly according to Lamic principles, died in 1923 at the age of 123 having said: "If it is possible to influence an individual from outside to the point of modifying his behaviour, it must be done by means of aromatic substances - and through the skin".
- Ayurvedic Essential Oils Anthopogon, Artemesia, Kachur, Himalayan Cedar, Jatamansi, Nepalese Juniper, Neem, Sandalwood, Sugandhawal, Turmeric, Ushir
- Common Essential Oils for the different Doshas
- Carrier Oils & Herbal Medicated Oils
- Plants, Tastes & Diet: Ayurveda prescribes six different flavours for the daily diet - the commonly acknowledged sweet, sour, salty and bitter tastes and two additional ones - pungent and astringent. In general, a well-chosen, balanced diet containing all six tastes is recommended.
- Teas for the different Doshas
- Ayurvedic Hand Massage: including Ubtans, Scrubs, Masks
- Garshan: Silk Glove Massage: traditional Ayurvedic dry massage with a special silk glove that can be done as an alternative to an oil massage.
Please note: This course is a Post-graduate qualification course, during which the student is assessed for competence.
Certificate of Qualification awarded to successfully completing Students
Certificate of Attendance awarded to the lay-person
Many Associations accept our Courses for CPD including the IFPA (12 Category A Points).
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